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In the first of Rohmer’s Tales of the Seasons, a teenaged pianist sets out to play matchmaker for her father by moving his mistress out of the way.
In the first of Rohmer’s Tales of the Seasons, teenaged pianist Natacha (Florence Darel) meets philosophy graduate Jeanne (Anne Teyssèdre) at a boring party, where the latter’s joke about Plato instantly convinces the smitten young Natacha that her father, on whom she dotes, must drop his mistress and take up with Jeanne. Headstrong and imperious, Natacha sets about her matchmaking plan with the kind of blind self-assurance to which Rohmer’s heroines often fall prey, engineering a series of rendezvous to bring her beloved papa and the philosopher together — their intellectual debate at dinner barely disguises its true nature as romantic snare — and to usher out his current girlfriend. (So domineering is Natacha that one’s sympathies shift to the woman she is trying to dispatch.) Civilized beyond measure, A Tale of Springtime offers intense pleasure: music by Beethoven and Schumann, deluxe Paris apartments and Fontainebleau country homes, engrossing chat about Kant and Aristotle, lovely ensemble acting, and, sans doute, editing and photography of unerring elegance and pellucid precision.